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April 10, 1984

MORNING NEWS, WILMINGTON, DEL.
THE CLARION-LEDGER, MISSIPPI (Syndicated)

An Enthralling Tale of Unions
'The Killing Floor' is well-written story of Chicago race riot

By Bill Hayden

The American union movement is a fertile ground for stories, but neither idea-starved television nor films have harvested much from it.

The labor movement--particularly its early days and its organizing efforts--offers a rich source for meaningful entertainment. It abounds with idealism and dramatic conflict, two important ingredients needed to hold any audience. It has an overabundance of heroes and villains. It exalts the common man.

Yet, less than a handful of recent motion pictures have drawn upon it for inspiration. Most notable is Norma Rae. There's also been F.I.S.T. and Blue Collar. But, that's about all.

There are even fewer recent network television productions. There's been a television movie about the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire and a miniseries about the head of a trucker's union.

There are a lot more than just five stories to be told about the unions, most of them capable of making for enthralling dramatic entertainment. To see just how powerful and provoking such drama can be, you need look no further than the American Playhouse offering of The Killing Floor. read more>>
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